El Quijote de Plata del Ballet Nacional del Sodre debuta en el Festival San Lorenzo de El Escorial

During his tour of Spain, the Ballet Nacional del Sodre will present El Quijote de Plata, a montage created from the work of Cervantes . Other titles of the festival are Madama Butterfly, a production of the Palau de les Arts-Valencia; and I, Farinelli, the capon, a baroque musical theater show based on the novel by Jesús Ruiz Manti.


The Summer Festival of San Lorenzo de El Escorial starts next July 6 with a varied program for all tastes. Consolidated as one of the main festivals in Spain, this year will feature 16 music, lyric, theater and dance shows that will fill the nights of Madrid’s mountains from July 6 to August 9 with magic. Madama Butterfly Puccinistarring Ainhoa Arteta, El Quijote de Plata  BNS | Ballet Nacional del Sodre / Uruguay, Cariberian Tour by Paquito D’Rivera, Antigone by Víctor Ullate Ballet-Community of Madrid, El niño ybestia elby Elvira Lindo or the concert by Gerónimo Rauch, are some of the main dishes that thewill host Theater Auditorium of San Lorenzo de El Escorial of the Community of Madrid.

The Summer Festival opens on July 6 with the music of the New York Youth Symphony that, under the baton of Michael Repper, will perform works by T. Chandler, S. Rachmaninov and A. Dvořák. The New York Youth Symphony is a cultural institution recognized for its excellence in music education and interpretation. A prestigious orchestra that annually reaches an audience of 8,500 people.

The next day, on July 7, Gerónimo Rauch will delight audiences with the great hits of the musicals. The miserable, The Phantom of the Opera and The Greatest Showman will be part of the repertoire of the Argentine singer who will be accompanied on piano by maestro Julio Awad.

On July 25 and 27 the Summer Festival program, one more year, a famous operatic title. The well-known soprano Ainhoa ​​Arteta will put herself in the role of the protagonist of Madama Butterfly, the most exotic opera by G.Puccini. This production of the Palau de les Arts-Valencia, with stage direction by Emilio López and musical direction by Guiseppe Finzi, sets the famous Japanese tragedy in 1940, during the Second World War. An exciting conflict between East and West, where caprice, traditions, unconditional love and a betrayal as a cruel pastime, lead to suicide as the ultimate and supreme dignity.

Madama Butterfly – Palau de les Arts Valencia

The BNS | Ballet Nacional del Sodre / Uruguay presents another great story, Quijote de Plata: version of Blanca Li and Santiago Sanguinetti based on the work of Cervantes and premiered in the Community of Madrid under the direction of Igor Yebra. The ballet, which can be seen on July 30 in a single function, is inspired by the union of the universal figure of the knight Don Quixote de la Mancha with that of the famous Uruguayan Arturo E. Xalambrí, a passionate, eccentric and extraordinary character, responsible for the preservation in Montevideo of one of the largest collections of Cervantes books in Latin America. this presentation is only one of theSpain 2019 Tour BNS, the other dates are:

  • 26/7 Castell de Peralada Festival / Auditori Parc del Castell
  • 28/7 Almagro Classical Theater Festival / Former Renaissance University – AUREA
  • 30/7 Festival of Summer El Escorial / San Lorenzo Auditorium Theater / Room A
  • 2/8 Botín Foundation / Santander / Educational Activities
  • 6/8 Festival Sagunto a Escena / Roman Theater
  • 8/8 International Festival of Santander / Palace of Festivals of Cantabria / Sala Argenta  

Quijote de plata © Santiago Barreiro

Following this literary wake we arrived at August 1, date of the premiere in Spain of The Boy and the Beast, the interesting literary-musical experiment by Elvira Lindo. The writer will narrate live the adventures of her father, a 9 year old boy who arrived in Madrid in 1939 devastated after the Civil War, accompanied by the musicians of the Linien Ensemble. In August you can also enjoy the absolute premiere of Yo, Farinelli, the capon on the 7th, ashow baroque musical theater based on the novel by journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla. In this montage the actor Miguel Rellán plays Farinelli at the end of his days, remembering his arrival at the court of Felipe V and reviewing his life and career. The memories of the greatest castrato of all time are mixed with the five arias that he sang every night to Felipe V thanks to the voice of the countertenor Carlos Mena and the music of Forma Antiqua. The show supposes the return to the stages of Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, in charge of the dramaturgy and stage direction, and counts on Aaron Zapico in the musical direction. In the words of Ruiz Mantilla himself: “we have tried to conceive an original show, nothing to use, in which we want to go to the root of the theater in a sober way – through the monologue of a great actor – but imaginative and suggestive with music from the time”.

Another of the main protagonists of the festival will be the premiere in the Community of Madrid of Antígona, the new work of Víctor Ullate Ballet-Community of Madrid. On August 8, viewers can discover this free version of Sophocles’ original work, directed and choreographed by Víctor Ullate and Eduardo Lao. A dance montage starring Lucía Lacarra -considered one of the main figures of the current ballet- that explores the struggle of the human being against his reckless rationality, his irreducible passions and his nature.

Antígona – Víctor Ullate del Ballet-Comunidad de Madrid

Returning to the musical proposals, on July 14 the Young Choir of Andalusia will perform works by Tomás Luis de Vitoria, Carlo Gesualdo, Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell or Randall Stroope, among others. On July 28 Classics in the cabaret of Marta Knörr (soprano) and Aurelio Viribay (pianist) will make the audience vibrate with the mythical songs of the 20th and 21st centuries related to the cabaret, the music hall or the café-concert. On August 2 it will be the turn of AMORES Grup de Percussió with Dreizehn, a performance in which they will play compositions by K. Stockhausen and H. de Bingen, accompanied by the voice of the sopranos María Marciá and Èlia Casanova. On August 4 it will be the turn of the Youth Orchestra of Canada to perform pieces by A. Panufnik, M. de Falla, A. Vivaldi and S. Prokofiev. Finally, the festival will close on 9 August with the premiere of I,piano,visual concert with works of españ composerorl Carlos Bianchini bid to expand the sensory field of the viewer through an audio and visual experiential journey.

As usual, the Matisse International Courses organize a series of concerts this year that will take place on July 11, 13, 20, 21 and 26. And, as a novelty, the acclaimed saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera lands in the Auditorium Theater to present us his new project: Cariberian Tour, a concert with compositions by Falla, Albéniz, Rodrigo or Tàrrega in the key of the best Latin jazz. The artist has been inspired by his love for the Iberian Peninsula to design a tour of performances that will also record an album and a documentary.

AMORES Grup de Percussió con Dreizehn

Literature and dance also come together on July 19 at Bernarda’s Backstage, the multidisciplinary montage with which The Winged Cranes pays homage to Lorca through experimentation and the mixture of various languages ​​and scenic techniques.

More information at: http://www.teatroauditorioescorial.es/entradas/festival/